Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Adult Pitch Contest

If you don't know what this is all about, please go read the announcement here! There is much more information (especially about Sara, Heather, and the query critique giveaway) on that page!

Your manuscript must be complete, polished, and fall into the New Adult category (any genre) to participate in this pitch contest. Submissions will be open until 23:59 on July 10th, 2012 OR if 100 pitches are received, whichever comes first.

TO ENTER: Enter the following information in a single comment on this post. If you mess up, delete your comment and enter it again.

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Title
  • Genre
  • Word-count
  • 35 word pitch (This is a hard and fast rule. Pitches with 36 or more words will be immediately disqualified)
  • If you spread the word about the contest, include a link (details below)
That is it. There are no other qualifications to enter - but you may want to follow our blog and twitter to stay updated on future contests!

WINNERS of the pitch contest will be chosen by Heather Howland of Entangled Publishing and literary agent Sara Megibow. The prizes are an undetermined number of full (maybe partial) requests.

Random Rules/FAQs:
  • If you already have an agent, you can still participate, but you should discuss it with your agent before hand and be sure to indicate your agented status so Sara will know not to request from you.
  • One entry/pitch per person.
  • Sarah Nicolas (YAtopian and intern at Entangled Publishing) is giving away a query critique to one random person who has helped spread the word about this contest. Check the contest announcement for full details.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK QUESTIONS ON THIS POST. Or post anything but a pitch. (To make it as easy as possible for our lovely judges, who have already agreed to read up to 100 pitches, which is more than we should ask from any human.) If you have questions, tweet @sarah_nicolas or email her.

65 comments:

  1. Helen Kiaya Pemberton
    helenkiayapemberton@gmail.com
    Pigeons, Love, Rock & Roll
    Contemporary NA
    66,000 words

    April doesn't give a damn what you think of her. ...Unless you've heard her sing.
    Andrew has big dreams. Commitment isn't one of them.
    When their worlds collide, they have to rethink everything - including themselves.

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  4. Derek J. Chivers
    derek.chivers@gmail.com

    STEALING THE SUN
    Science-Fiction
    78,000 Words

    The outlaw Trig stole the fastest starship in the multiverse with hopes of outrunning his past, or at least the monstrous Captain Ort, but this stubborn ship wants him to solve his father's murder instead.

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  5. C.L. Howland
    wordgirl44@aol.com
    MY MOTHER GROWS WALLFLOWERS
    Coming of Age Adult Fiction
    77,000 words
    Targeted by bullies, an overweight girl in home-made dresses discovers friendship, then love with an outspoken exotic boy. Her first adult act: to choose between the person she needs and the family who needs her.

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  6. Your name: Clare Dugmore
    Your email address: claredugmore@gmail.com
    Title: Sibylline Nights
    Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
    Word-count: 105,831
    35 word pitch (This is a hard and fast rule. Pitches with 36 or more words will be immediately disqualified): Separated at birth, triplets Esmee, Maggie and Nola are reunited by their new magical abilities. Even with the Paraphysiology Intelligence Division hunting them, they choose to oppose magical terrorists intent on eradicating those without abilities.

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    1. Shared details of the contest on my blog (http://claredugmorewrites.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/na-pitch-contest-july-follow-my-lead.html), Twitter (https://twitter.com/CDugmoreWrites/status/222650669121810432) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/clare.dugmore.1/posts/114240948720829)

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  7. Jess R. Sheaffer
    jessrsheaffer@gmail.com
    Fighting Solace
    Paranormal NA
    116,000
    Anastance Leigh Cook enters college and a world beyond the human norm, including gaining control of her own life—that is until Robert Weatherly brings Antastance’s haunting anxieties to a halt, revealing a gifted community

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  8. Mason T. Matchak
    mtmatchak@gmail.com
    Skyborne
    Fantasy
    Word count: 128,000

    Shiloh thought the world of Abraxas only existed in books. It’s real. It’s in pieces. And if Shiloh can’t put it back together, the dark gods who destroyed it will conquer her world as well.

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  9. Diana Gallagher
    diana.m.gallagher@gmail.com
    MEXICO
    NA Contemporary
    63,000 words

    Pete makes the messes. Nick cleans them up. But when their youngest brother dies in a car accident, Nick can’t stay silent any longer—even though it means jeopardizing the only life he’s known.

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  11. Kristina Perez
    kristina@kristinaperez.com
    WRAITH
    Fantasy
    120,000 words

    21-year-old Lyra Vega is falsely convicted of murdering her parents and exiled to a parallel world where she must fight for survival, track the real killer and not fall in love.

    Spread the Word:
    https://twitter.com/babelbabble/status/222519539118768129

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  13. Author: Kelly Allan

    Email: kellyallanwriter@gmail.com

    Title: Fade Into You

    Genre: NA Contemporary

    Word Count: approx. 80,000 words

    Pitch: Enjoying the freedom of her vagabond lifestyle, Kenzie has never had to answer to anyone but herself. But when a desperate friend is in need, she must reevaluate her definition of what home really means.

    Spread the word! Link: https://twitter.com/kellyallanwrite/status/222524994314444800

    Thanks, everyone! ;)

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  14. Shawn Keenan
    Shawnkeenan74@yahoo.com
    THE INTERN'S TALE
    NA futuristic urban fantasy
    93,000 words

    When intern Kip Pureweather defies the all-powerful knight-executives of Vassalcorp, he sets in motion a revolution in the Incorporated Realms of America and a battle for his own conscience.

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  15. Name: Krysten Hill

    Email: KrystenHill@live.ca

    Title: Shadow's Dawn

    Genre: Epic Fantasy

    Word Count: 104,000

    Pitch: The life of a Sorceress isn't easy—Caraka's magic can kill her. When demons threaten her home, the gods call upon Caraka to use her deadly abilities, but her worst enemy could be herself.

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  16. Leslie Hauser
    LHauser27@gmail.com
    WILD CHERRIES
    Women’s Fiction
    94,000 words

    Good-girl Samantha is surely headed to Spinster-ville. Until she meets Nick. Unfortunately, he’s taken, but to avoid a life with cats, she’ll risk friends, family, and her career dreams for this chance at love.


    https://twitter.com/RoomThirty3

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  17. Christina Ferko
    christinaferko(at)gmail(dot)com

    VERITAS
    Science Fiction
    81,000 words

    When a virus turns Tori's crewmates violent, she’ll do anything to save her family and her crush, Declan. Leaving Earth was supposed to give them a future—not a death sentence. So they were told.

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  18. Jessica Collins

    jcoll043(at)odu(dot)edu

    TRINITY

    NA Fantasy

    81,000 words

    After Trinity is kidnapped by a Reality Rider and whisked to a parallel reality she must unlock the mysteries in her mind or risk never returning home, possible death, and probable destruction of Earth.


    Spread the word on Twitter (@muchadoabout77)!

    Thank you for the opportunity!

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  19. Lisa Medaglia (pseudonym Eden Dalia)
    eden.dalia@gmail.com
    CANDYFLIP
    New Adult Contemporary Fiction
    75,770 words

    Raves, drugs and sex prove deficient remedies for troubled roommates Lilly, Robbie and Jen until a night of deadly debauchery reveals a secret that wreaks havoc on the chemistry fueling their defective lives.

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  22. Lara Schiffbauer (schiffbauerl@gmail.com) Title: Finding Meara (80,000 words) Urban Fantasy

    A self-centered young woman races between Colorado and the Realm to rescue her newly discovered four year old half-sister before their sadistic father can sacrifice either of them in his quest for continued immortality.

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  23. Johanna Garth
    johannagarth@gmail.com

    Orchard Girl
    NA crossover Women's Fiction
    84,000 words

    September was raised in The Fellowship, a new-age religious cult. Her first friendship with an outsider causes her to question everything she has taken for granted, even the motives and love of her family.

    Shared the love @ https://twitter.com/JohannaGarth

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  24. Dianne May
    Email: diannecavaliere@gmail.com
    Title: Wynter's Horizon
    Genre: NA paranormal/romance
    Word count: 106,000
    Pitch: Meeting while comatose, college senior Wynter and SAS officer Beck reconnect once awake. Both running from past mistakes, they battle a sadistic boyfriend and malevolent comrade, finding redemption and the love that started while unconscious.

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  25. Name: Becca J. Campbell
    Email: beccajcampbell@gmail.com
    Title: Empath (Flawed series, book one)
    Genre: Urban Fantasy
    Word count: 88,000 words

    Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Other people’s emotions control Jade’s heart. When she’s kidnapped by a killer with a fear fetish, embracing his feelings may be her only chance at survival.

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  26. A. K. Fotinos-Hoyer
    kfotinoshoyer(at)gmail(dot)com
    DAUGHTER OF THE MOON
    Urban Fantasy with strong romantic elements
    60,000

    For fledgling necromancer, Selina Kane, there are two ways to save her boyfriend: kill him and condemn his soul to service as a Ferryman in the Underworld, or make dark alliances with the undead.

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  28. Syl DeLeon
    syl(dot)deleon(at)gmail(dot)com

    Title: Coffee, Tea, or Me?
    Genre: Contemporary NA
    Word Count: 85,000

    Ali’s plans have never been conventional, but when she revives a boarded up café instead of going to college, she’ll do anything to succeed – reinvent herself, strike shady deals, and just maybe fall in love.

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  29. Talynn Lynn
    inkinthebook@gmail.com
    FABRICATION
    NA Steampunk
    72,000

    Candace portrayed beauty, wisdom and strength. Until the accident. When her sister Chantel, who is next in line for the throne, banishes her, Candace must find who forced her sister’s decision before they kill Chantel.

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  30. Name: Monica Sanz
    Email: authormonicasanz@gmail.com
    Title: The Awkward Love Song of Abigail Archer
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Word Count: 60,000 words

    Marcus collects souls in exchange for life. But a forbidden romance with a charge makes him question whether life is about heartbeats or about who’s by his side when that song comes to an end.

    Shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MonicaBSanz/status/222561538135965696

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  31. Jaycee DeLorenzo
    jc@jayceedelorenzo.com
    The Truths about Dating and Mating
    Contemporary Romance
    100,000 words

    Lifelong best friends Ian and Ivy have become campus sensations with their call-in sex-edutainment radio program, but are finding it hard to practice what they preach when they start falling for each other.

    Shared on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/jayceedelorenzo/status/222203510136123392
    Shared on my blog:
    http://blog.jayceedelorenzo.com/2012/06/awesome-opportunity-for-new-adult.html

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  32. Leah Rhyne
    leah.rhyne@gmail.com
    Jo
    NA Urban Fantasy
    70,000 words

    A privileged college girl must put her friends' lives above her own will to survive after a medical experiment transforms her into a modern day Frankenstein monster.

    Shared on Twitter via retweet: https://twitter.com/MiNadre/status/222342436712759296

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  33. Ash McKenna
    ashsmash@hotmail.co.uk
    A MISTAKE UNDONE
    NA Contemporary
    81000 words


    Nash loves Rex.
    Rex loves fame.
    But being in love with a rockstar means having to share, and Nash can’t deal with the consequences. Until she meets Sophie, who changes her life.


    Spread the word: https://twitter.com/ashiimckenna/status/222631367182266368

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  35. Andrea Kline
    ankline00@gmail.com
    THE SCUM DIARY
    NA Contemporary
    74,000 words

    A self-righteous young woman navigates the drug-filled world of a desolate Ohio winter while ignoring her own dark past and her failing sanity.

    Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/MiNadre/status/222342436712759296

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  36. Angi Black
    AngiNicoleBlack@gmail.com
    Love in Real Life
    NA Contemporary Romance
    77,500

    When Josey Blackman meets Alex Blake, secrets from her past force her to question her perfect life. Josey is about to learn life throws you curveballs even after you find happily ever after.

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  38. Molly Bilinski
    mlbilinski@yahoo.com
    SAGE
    New Adult Fantasy
    120,000

    Ella reckoned herself to a solitary lifestyle as a Sage. But with the appearance of two voluntary fallen, a power-hungry council of women, and answers to a childhood murder, her quiet existence goes decidedly pear-shaped.

    Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/MollyLouise10

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  39. Rachel Lynn Solomon
    rachel.l.solomon@gmail.com

    The Almost Adults
    NA contemporary/romance
    108,000 words

    Jordan, a grad school dropout with inescapable debt, is waiting tables at a failing Indian restaurant. With kadhi-stained clothes, she craves a real career but can’t resist fixing the restaurant—or romancing a sweet customer.

    Twitter promotion:
    https://twitter.com/rlynn_solomon/status/220318198405398529

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  40. Margaret Alexander
    markedforpower@gmail.com
    Shadows of Penumbra
    NA Urban fantasy thriller
    115,000 words

    In a pre-apocalyptic future, Diane—a daredevil agent of anarchy—follows the signs of the apocalypse into the fifth dimension, where she trains her mind and spirit to battle the seven sins destroying the world.

    Shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/markedforpower/status/222095578543300608

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  41. Lauren Harris
    sakurazawa@gmail.com
    THE MARK OF FLIGHT
    NA High Fantasy
    120k

    When Princess Arianna’s kidnapping threatens to rekindle war, she faces a difficult choice: warn her kingdom of the enemy’s approach or risk her life to help the slave who sacrificed his freedom to rescue her.

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  42. Wendy Clark
    wendy_clark@hotmail.com
    Love and Warcraft
    Single Title Contemporary
    90,000 words

    Modern Cyrano de Bergerac: A 26-year-old programmer living in her parents’ basement meets a super-hot guy in her MMORPG, but in real life she’s drawn to his sweet, overweight best friend instead.

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  43. Leiann Bynum
    slbynum3@gmail.com
    Day of Night
    Science Fiction
    52,000 words

    It’s 2012, and the sun has disappeared, causing weather disasters and other worldwide catastrophes. Vanessa, a recently-hired firefighter, unites with a group of survivors as they fight to stay alive in a world of darkness.

    Shared on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/WriterSLBynum/status/222748709589495808

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  44. Danielle Jensen
    daniellelynnjensen@gmail.com
    Troll
    Fantasy Romance
    100,000 words

    Captive in a subterranean city simmering with rebellion, Cecile’s intent on escape changes when some idle cellar-skulking allows her to witness a clandestine meeting between the revolutionaries and their leader – the crown prince himself.

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  45. Submitted on behalf of Erika, who's having technical difficulties:

    Erika Enigk Grotto
    erikagrotto@gmail.com
    Deadline Day
    NA Mystery
    80,000
    With layoffs looming, news reporter Stella needs her first big story. But when her scoop comes with a body count, she wonders if it's her job on the line--or her life.

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  47. Sarah Keith
    sarahckeith@gmail.com
    The Head that Wears the Crown
    NA Romance
    74,000
    An act of war brings Duke Misha and his exiled half-brother Edvard to court, where they compete for the love of Princess Alexandra, who fights for the right to rule her throne and her heart.

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  48. Summer Heacock
    fizzygrrl@gmail.com
    THE IMAGINING OF ISADORA VELVET
    NA/Fantasy with Elements of Romance
    98,000 Words

    Withdrawn Isadora is attacked and taken from her home by the black-blooded Melanocent. She’s rescued by the pure-natured Parion, but will her powers arrive in time to save herself and the only family she has?

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  49. Jill Orr
    orrjill@hotmail.com
    THE PROBLEM WITH ALICE ATTERBERRY
    NA Romantic Comedy
    99,000 words

    Too immature to appreciate her fame, Alice spent years hiding from it. When her petulance starts getting more press than her wildly famous books, Alice must open up and defend herself or face losing everything.

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  50. Shelby Stinson
    shelby.stinson@hotmail.com
    Iota
    NA Science Fiction
    50,000 words

    Five strangers with the power to manipulate matter must discover their hidden past to save the ones they love before it’s too late.

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  51. Marcia Wells
    wells_marcia@hotmail.com
    ORION FALLING
    NA Paranormal Romance
    113,000
    Devin dies in a freak accident, torn from the fallen angel she loves. God allows her to fall from Heaven. New clothes, new hair, new fingertip firepower...Welcome to Hell, Baby Girl.

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  52. Sarah Keith
    sarahckeith@gmail.com
    The Head that Wears the Crown
    NA Royal Romance
    74,000

    An act of war brings Duke Misha and his exiled half-brother Edvard to court, where they compete for the love of Princess Alexandra, who fights for the right to rule her throne and her heart.

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  53. Monica S.
    mojo09226@yahoo.com
    On the Outside
    NA Contemporary Romance
    50K
    March Lucas learns about love, loss, hope, and honor when she chooses to join the Army instead of staying home and going to community college.

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  54. J. Elizabeth Hill
    jlizhill@gmail.com
    Bound
    NA Fantasy
    87,500


    When her mentor is stolen by a terrible darkness, Fay escapes from town in search of allies. Will she bow to her father's demands or make her own choices, after a lifetime of refusing everyone?

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  55. Fiona Marsden
    princess-fiona01@bigpond.com
    The Child Bride
    NA Category Style Romance
    55k
    Meli married the much older Alex, straight from school. Will the mistakes she makes due to her youth and inexperience end her marriage forever? Will love be enough to keep them together?

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  56. Shari Lambert
    sharilambert@hotmail.com
    Borrowed Magic
    NA Fantasy Romance
    88k

    When Maren realizes her world is nothing more than a magical façade, she vows to do everything in her power to reveal the truth -- endure torture, forsake love, and even sacrifice her own life.

    Tweeted @shari_lambert

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  57. Meredith Good
    meredith_good@msn.com
    Pursuit of Craze
    Urban Fantasy
    98,000

    The seven deadly sins have come for her rock star boyfriend, but Allie Trask knows, if she can fight crows feet, she can fight anything. Time to kick some ass.

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  60. Val Clarizio
    valclarizio@yahoo.com
    Unforeseen Obsessions
    Romantic Suspense
    60,000
    What do you get when you cross a detective's grieving widow, the detective's best friend and co-worker, and a Police Chief on the run involved with Internet porn crimes?

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  61. Don McFatridge
    Mcfatridgedon@gmail.com
    PLANTED (I CAN WATER MYSELF)
    NA Science Fiction
    84,000

    To immunize humans against mind controlling invaders, a humanlike plant must mate before her spore sack explodes, but after rescuing a male, his breathtaking carbon dioxide thank you kiss makes seduction using pheromones feel alien.

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  62. M.D. Sanchiz
    mdsanchiz@gmail.com
    The Children of the Sun
    NA Urban Fantasy
    70,000 words

    One power, one war, two supernatural tribes. Daniel's not on the right side. He finally chooses to join his enemies and try to save as many humans as he can before everything goes to shit.

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  63. Mel Riggins
    livefrom.mywriterscave@gmail.com
    SIGNAL
    Slipstream Thriller
    90,000 words
    On the run from a wacko ex-beau and her family’s dark, military lab past, a determined loner and cut-throat prosecutor finds the running mate necessary to her flight.

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  64. Thanks to all of our wonderful competitors! It's in Sara and Heather's hands now! We'll announce the results within the week, so keep an eye out!

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